Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.
In This We Believe at Way Elementary
  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Making Our Thinking Visible

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way  will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!

Building a Bridge Between Home and School

Way's Adult's Night Out

This is where the FUN starts!!!

Way’s ‘Adult’s Night Out’ Fundraiser Event is the Way PTO annual fundraiser.  It is the major fundraiser organized by the Way PTO to benefit the many core programs at Way.  Way PTO focuses on having fun with fundraising, instead of selling pizza kits or asking parents to sponsor a “Fund” run.  With the proceeds from this event, Way’s PTO has funded school enrichment programs, beautification, new playground equipment, teacher appreciation activities and so much more.  All of the funds raised stay with our school.

Top 5 Reasons to attend:

1.    You Belong – Enrolling your children at Way Elementary, you are part of the community.  The new    
       adventure starts in kindergarten, and continues through middle and high school.
2.    Support Our School – Way PTO is a non-profit charity and donations may be tax deductible.
3.    Get Connected – Meet new friends and fellow Way families in a fun environment.
4.    Date Night – We do so much for our children, and it is also important to have fun as an Adult. 
5.    Have Fun – This year we are bringing in casino-style gaming tables to enhance the experience.

How does it work?

1.    Parents attend the event – Proceeds of the ticket sales go to Way PTO
2.    Local businesses donate items for the auction to advertise their businesses.  
3.    Parents can bid on auction items and all proceeds will go to Way PTO
4.    Parents can sign up for “Teacher Experiences” or “Pay to Play Experiences”.  Proceeds for the 
       experiences go to Way PTO.  ”Experiences” are fun activities for students or parents who pay money     
       to attend. It could be an art class, poker night, or end of school pool party for example.
5.    Socialize at the event with casino-style gaming, food and cash bar.

We’ve already purchased our tickets and hope to see you there! Please contact us soon to purchase tickets for $55.  We can accept check, cash or credit card.  You can also purchase tickets on the PTO website at under the E-Store tab.

Thank You.

Caroline Groeneveld.  Co-Chair (248) 910-5992 /
Bridget Gable. Co-Chair (313) 378-1540 /

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Students Who Utilize BHS Transportation - New GPS App Available Now

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Transportation department is pleased to introduce SafeStop, an app for your smartphone or tablet that offers real time school bus updates.  It provides an estimated time of arrival and up to the minute alerts from the transportation department when necessary. For 30 minutes before and after the scheduled pick-up & drop-off times, the bus locator will be displayed on a map.  We are hopeful you will find this tool useful, and are excited to share it with our families.

Please follow the directions listed on the Transportation web page to get connected:

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Kindergarten Info Session - Save the Date!

We hope you will join us for our Kindergarten Info Session on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 7 to 8 PM in the Bloomfield Hills High School Auditorium. This session is an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians of any child approaching Kindergarten age to learn about Kindergarten in Bloomfield Hills Schools. Staff from our Learning Services team will review all of the Kindergarten basics - including what you need to know to prepare your child for Kindergarten.

Learn more at, or text KDG to 248.230.2879 and our Kindergarten experts will respond!

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Dear Way Families,                                 

I want to let you know that we recently were awarded a Bloomfield Hills Foundation Grant for the Way Art Studio! This grant will be used to help your child continue to create and help guide you when assisting your child's creative process. I have created several art take-home studios for your child to check just like they would a library book. If interested, please sign the permission slip that can be found in your child's backpack, or click the link below.


Thank you!

Mallory Molnar, Way Art Teacher

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Multicultural Celebration

Multicultural Celebration 2019: How to get involved:

Our second annual district-wide Multicultural Celebration is on the horizon, coming up on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Bloomfield Hills High School, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. This event, involving all of our district schools, is a beautiful celebration of the many cultures represented by our students and their families. Sponsored and coordinated by the PTOC (PTO Council) of our schools, we encourage students to participate in a variety of ways, from showcasing culture on an exhibit board, to sharing a music or dance performance.  Students may work individually (with support from their families), in small groups, with school clubs, boy scouts, girl scouts, robotics teams, sports teams, or with students from other district schools. This year’s theme is Inspiring Figures, so each exhibit presented will feature a person/persons, current or historical, who is originally from the selected culture, and has contributed to American society. 

Please email any questions to Way representatives Aasma Chaudhary:, Neeli Jawad:, Jinette Chapman:,

Or at  

Click on the participation packet attached below to learn more, and sign up to participate! Submit your participation packets via email to your Way representative or submit at the school office.


Visit Facebook and search the event page "Multicultural Celebration BHS" event.

A slideshow is also available on the BHS website with detailed information regarding the event, snapshots from last year and much more. Please follow this link to see the slideshow.

Looking Forward to your participation!

Multicultural Celebration chairs

Neeli Jawad, Aasma Chudhary & Jinette Chapman

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Way Spirit Week

Calling all Way Wildcats! December 17 - 21 is Spirit Week at Way with each day featuring a different theme.  

Monday – Wear Your Favorite Color

Tuesday – Hat Day

Wednesday – Way Wear and PRIDE Day

Thursday – Favorite Team or Movie

Friday – PJ Day

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Connecting with your child's teacher, school, and the district

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools (Wednesday Web News & Important Notices - including school cancellations). In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences. If you wish not to receive these newsletters, simply "opt-out" when you receive the first newsletter (an option at the bottom of every email we send).

Instructions for updating this information are now available at Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertains to emergency and district notifications. 

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Way News 9/14/18

Dear Way Families,

As we begin the new school year, Way Elementary will be implementing a new policy regarding provision of food at school celebrations.  Currently, the majority of our classrooms report some form of food allergy restriction. This represents a tipping point for us. Policing food at parties and other celebrations is not only time consuming, but places staff and at-risk students in a potentially dangerous position. With this in mind, the only food brought into the building for celebrations and other day-time events will be orchestrated between the classroom teacher and head-room parent.  For the last several years, Way has adhered to a healthy foods policy and those foods will be stressed for these special occasions.

As has always been the case, you will still be able to make personal food choices for your child's lunch or snack, providing the food doesn't contain the allergen at play in the classroom. All families should have previously been notified about allergy conditions of the classroom.  

Attention to these minor shifts in thinking and behavior should lead to a safer and healthier environment for all.



Adam Scher

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


Main: 248.341.7800
*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses